Days with Love
"Mmhh..." Tiger groaned softly as he looked at the alarm clock. It was just about to hit 3 am as he reached over and turned the alarm off and reset it for Apple Jack. He gently nuzzled his mate's neck and breathed in her scent one more time before he got out of bed. He was careful not to make the bed move around as he got out. He stretched a little and looked at his mane in the mirror. The only light that was coming into the room was from the still looming moon. "Well better get to work," Tiger said to himself quietly as quietly trotted out of the room. Today was a early morning shift and though he missed his warm and wonderful spot in bed with Apple Jack he was the only pony on the farm able to do it. "Yawwwwwn," Tiger waved off a yawn as he brushed his teeth and chortled a little at the messy mane he had. "Maybe AJ's right about me getting a mane cut... next week of course," he nodded. He splashed some water on his face and in his mane and quickly fixed it up, spikey as usual and just the way he liked it. "Alright, let's go," Tiger nodded. He tip hoofed down the stairs and out the door. Winona was in her dog house. Her ears twitched a little as she opened one eye to look at Tiger. "Mornin Winona," Tiger winked as he passed by and watched the puppy fall back asleep. "Hehe, so cute," Tiger grinned as he trotted over to the shed. "Hmm let's see... south feild today right?" Tiger asked himself. He put on a saddle that had 6 hooks. "The one that big bro uses should be alright, and I'll take the wagons with me I think," Tiger said as he hooked 6 large buckets onto the saddle. Then he latched 3 wagons together and put Big Macintosh's harnis over his chest. He then started to trot along in the path down to south feild. It was nice calm night, or early morning if you prefer. He had finally arrived and looked up at all the ruby red apples that were just ready to be harvested. "AJ's done it again," Tiger smiled at his love's hoof work. The trees were all planted in a way so that they weren't crowded but just close enough so that the land space was used perfectly. He set down all the buckets and unbuckled the wagons. He walked over to the first tree and smacked it with single hind hoof. The apples started to rain down. "Hehe, I'm glad Big Bro taught me how to do that," Tiger smiled to himself, sure using both legs was the way every pony normaly did it but Big Macintosh had calculated that Tiger had enough strength to do it with a single leg to save time. Time flew by quickly as Tiger filled up all the buckets and wagons. The most of the trees themselves were looking green and bare now. Birds had started to chirp signifying that it was probably around 4:45 am. "Just in time," Tiger nodded as he got the buckets up on his saddle and reattached his harness. "Time to make some breakfast," he said as his eyes started to glow green. He'd flex his leg muscles a little before trotting up the hill quickly, not letting a single apple fall out. "Hmm... now AJ said she wanted them in the celler this time..." Tiger said as he got close to the barn. He trotted over to the celler doors and opened them up. The scent of apples greeted him strongly. "Hhhh mmm," he smiled, "smells just like her". He started to unload all the apples and bring them down the steps carefully still inside of the buckets. After he was done he'd close the celler doors and put away the wagons and the buckets along with the saddle. "Whew, morning chores are done," Tiger stretched his legs and trotted back inside. It was 5am. He got into the shower and took a quick one. He had a towel over his mane as he came out of the washroom his body still a little steamy. "Mornin suger cube," Tiger quickly took off the towel and looked at AJ's still sleepy face. "Luv, everything alright? I didn't wake you did I?" Tiger asked. "Ah don't worry Tig, ya didn't wake me, Ah actually wanted to catch breakfast with ya before ya went back out," Apple Jack smiled. "Aw Apple Jack," Tiger softly nuzzled her and brought her into a close hug. "Ah know no pony really likes the super early morning shifts and Ah'm really greatful ya took it but... Ah still kinda miss ya since yer up so early and in bed so early.." Apple Jack explained. "But today you get to rest... you shouldn't be up so early," Tiger said. "Like Ah said Tig, Ah wanna be with you," Apple Jack looked at him. "..." Tiger brushed the back of his mane and blushed a little, "I said it a million times AJ and I'll say it again... I'm a lucky stallion to be with such an amazing filly like you". "Yes you are," Apple Jack giggled, "and Ah'm lucky to be with ya Tig, now go git breakfast started! Yer cookin today and Ah can't wait to see what ya'll got lined up!" Apple Jack kissed his cheek softly before heading into the washroom herself. "Ah that's right," Tiger nodded. When Apple Jack had finished her shower and come down to the kitchen she could smell croissants just out of the oven. Tiger was filling them with a cream cheese along with some fresh vegetables, he had a cream of corn soup on the stove made with the left over vegetable broth from the night before along with sweet cream corn, fresh chopped red peppers and green onions. He had his apron on along with his chef hat that he had kept from Knight's Academy. "Hehe..." Apple Jack giggled. "Laugh all you want luv but the hat is the hat~" Tiger smiled as he put the last bit of vegetables inside of the last croissant. "Croissants? When'd ya make the dough Tig?" Apple Jack looked at the uniform lined sandwiches that were on top of a tray. "Mm last night while you were checking the orders with Big Bro," Tiger said as he put a sandwich on a plate along with some fine baby greens and cherry tomatos. He sprinkled a bit of apple cider vinegrette on top and added two slices of oranges on the side. "Hehe... Soups up," Tiger grinned as AJ laughed at his Southern imitation accent. Tiger would pour them both hot bowls of the soup to go along with the sandwiches. The two ate together and when they had finished Tiger collected the plates. He brought out the apple juice and poured them both a glass. "I'll wrap the tray up along with the salad so that it'll be cool for lil sis, big bro and Granny, I even labled them" Tiger said as he put the tray inside of the fridge and started to wash the dishes. "Mah colt friend doin his craft," Apple Jack smiled from the table. "Hmm?" Tiger looked over his shoulder. "Ya'll make amazin food Tig... Ah wonder why ya didn't get a cutie mark in cookin?" Apple Jack asked. "Mmm.. Knight duty came first luv," Tiger said as he put the clean plates on the rack so that they could dry. "So what are you going to do on your first day off AJ?" Tiger asked as he took of his apron and gently put it on the hanger and put his hat away. "Ah'm gunna go into PonyVille today and talk with Pinkie about an interestin pastery treat that she mentioned last week," Apple Jack said, "then Ah'm commin home and well Ah'm gonna spend the rest of the time with ya" "Hmm... but I'll be working," Tiger looked at her. "So? Ya'll be flexin those sexy hind legs when ya buck," Apple Jack smirked at him. "Oh? Well.. then... I'm gonna have to work extra hard for my special audience," Tiger wiggled his eye brows which caused Apple Jack to giggle again. "Special audience and a what now?" Apple Bloom yawned at the door way to the kitchen. "Mornin AB," Apple Jack blushed a little with Tiger. "Morning little sis," Tiger smiled. "Do Ah smell croissants?" Apple Bloom asked. "Eeyup," Tiger nodded as he went to the fridge. "Eeeeyup," Big Macintosh yawned from behind Apple Bloom. "Tiger cookin in the mornin isshalways a treat," Granny Smith trotted slowly behind the group. "Aw shucks, I'm just happy that you're happy," Tiger smiled, "well, time for me to get back to work, I'll see ya'll later, specially you," Tiger kissed Apple Jack on the cheek. "Flex those muscles," Apple Jack called out teasingly. "Yes ma'am!~" Tiger grinned. "When are ya gonna git yer self hitched with him?" Granny Smith smiled. "Grandma!" Apple Jack turned a bright red. "Eeyup," Big Macintosh nodded with Granny Smith, "ya'll already act like a married couple". "And he's been with us ferever! Ah don't even think ya'll need a love potion!" Apple Bloom pitched in. "The time will come," Apple Jack blushed again as she played with her mane a little. "Sis actin all lady like, only when Tiger is around," Big Macintosh chuckled at the scowl from Apple Jack.
"Whew, that takes care of the side of the barn eh Big Bro?" Tiger asked Big Macintosh who nodded with a smile. "Eeyup, and Ah'm sure it's ready fer rain season," Big Macintosh added. "Hmm..." Tiger looked around. "What's the matter little bro?" Big Macintosh asked curiously. "Is AJ back yet?" Tiger asked. "Nnope," Big Macintosh laughed. "...aww," Tiger sighed. "Hahahaha," Big Mac laughed, "ya'll really love her that much huh?" "Mhmm," Tiger nodded with a smile. "She always likes to act tough and like a colt most of the time... but whenever yer around she's very filly like," Big Macintosh grinned. "I think it's really cute," Tiger grinned back. "Yer the only one who's ever got her to act like that, and Ah'm not talkin about when Miss Rarity puts a dress on her either" Big Macintosh chuckled a bit more remembering the froo froo dress that Apple Jack had to put on when she had lost a bet to Rarity. "She looks real pretty in anything..." Tiger blushed a little realizing he had said that out loud. "Ya'll should tell her that," Big Macintosh nodded, "speakin of which there she is right now!" he pointed at Apple Jack at the gate. "AJ! Welcome home!" Tiger called out. "Tiger here's been missin ya, sis," Big Macintosh laughed at a blushing Tiger. "Can't leave ya alone fer a second can Ah Tiger?" Apple Jack sighed with a smile as she walked over and hugged him tight. "Ya know me," Tiger held her close too. "Well Ah missed ya too Tig," Apple Jack looked at him with a smile. "Now what was about that an sexy hind legs?" Big Macintosh said quietly with a smirk as he started to trot away from the two bright orange blushing ponies. "Have fun ya two," Big Macintosh waved as he went over to start his next chore.
---Tiger and AJ during the chores---
"Still think it's amazin that ya'll can do it with one leg," Apple Jack watched as Tiger smacked the side of a tree with his hoof. Apples rained down again. "Definatly a bit faster compared to back when I first came to the farm eh?" Tiger laughed. "Yep, yer much faster now and with ..." Apple Jack grinned at Tiger who looked back at her. "Oh you," he grinned, "ya have a pretty sexy flank yourself". "Oh really?" Apple Jack asked as she came up beside him and grinned. "Yes really," Tiger softly nuzzled against her muzzle and kissed her. "Mmmm~" Apple Jack groaned softly. "Hmm done for today luv now it's just you and me," Tiger smiled as they looked at each other again. "Mmhmm... let's have some alone time then Tig," Apple Jack motioned for him to follow. The two with the load of apples stored them quickly and made it over to the big red barn. Apple Jack's lips were pressed firmly against Tiger's as the barn doors opened and they went in. Tiger was pressed against the wall as she her hooves wrapped behind his neck bringing him as close as she could to herself. He'd respond by wrapping his hooves around her waist and gently swaying his tail over to touch hers. "Mmm..." Tiger groaned softly as he rubbed his hooves up and down her back. "Yer such a darn good kisser Tig," Apple Jack whispered breathlessly as she pulled him over to the hay stack. "So are you," Tiger smiled as she pressed against him and kissed him again. "Souuupppssh onnn everypony!!!" Granny Smith's voice rang out from the farm house and the sound of the metal triangle could be heard. "Consarnit..." Apple Jack sighed. "Hehe, don't worry luv," Tiger smiled up at her as she started to get off, "plenty of time for us later". "Yeah... yer right, better hurry up an git to dinner," Apple Jack smiled and gasped as Tiger leaned up and kissed her. "Mmm... I could kiss you for dinner," Tiger grinned as Apple Jack giggled. There was the muffled barks of Winona from outside of the barn doors to which both Apple Jack and Tiger laughed. "Ah know Ah know Winona, we're comin," Apple Jack called. "I love you AJ~" Tiger smiled. "Consarnit Tig we're gonna be late... hahaha" Apple Jack laughed, as she kissed him again, "Ah love you too hun". "Since you woke up to be with me AJ, I'm gonna make sure you get the most of out it, and I'll wake up with you from now on," Tiger softly nuzzled his mate. "Hehe we'll both be sleepy ponies," Apple Jack laughed as she put her hat back on which had fallen off in there little heated romantic roll about. "I don't mind if I'm with you," Tiger smiled as he opened the barn door for her. "Darn it Tig, yer bein so sweet to me, hehe we'd better hurry or Granny is gunna be right mad at us fer bein late," Apple Jack laughed at how long they had taken just to get out of the barn.